Grateful Dead Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on 1987-12-28
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Schoeps FOB->PCM->DAT->CD->CD->WAV->SHN via "M.D." encoded by Curtis Ewing
- 2004-08-26 12:53:16
- Oakland, CA
Subject: My 3rd show, and the one that turned me into a Deadhead!
They swarmed down to his feet, left a skeleton in his place
The skeleton sang and played guitar, that's when it all began
You could hear me scream 'Sunshine Daydream!' all the way to Never Never Land"
This was when I fell in love with the multifaceted phenomenon that was the Grateful Dead concert. As far as the show goes, it's great, though sandwiched between two much better shows on the 27th and 30th. The first set in particular is freakin' hot, and if the whole show were that good I would give it five stars. This AUD recording is also better quality than the ones from the 27th and 30th, though very tinny and needing some EQ. (By the way, folks following my reviews should know that I usually only review AUD recordings, as they are the only ones you can download as regular MP3s anymore. Anyone wanting to hear a more professional-quality recording should check out other copies: you can't download the SBDs, but you can listen to them.) One thing you immediately notice is that Mydland is very, very on during the whole show: his organ solo in Minglewood and everything he does thereafter is superlative, all the way to his cascading piano in Sugar Mag. In Far From Me, usually a very angry song, he actually sounds smooth and happy, rendering the song in an almost gentle yet energetic voice very unlike other renditions I've heard.
I was on the floor not far from the stage for most of this, very, very high. Went up with my friends into the seats facing the stage during Black Peter. I wanted to be mellow and listen, but then something happened involving a whipped cream container filled with all whip and no cream, right in the pause between Sugar Mag and Sunshine Daydream. The entire band suddenly had haloes of shining fireflies all around their heads, and then the world shattered into one of those rare hallucinations where reality is actually altered instead of enhanced, and the firefly haloes swarmed downwards, and suddenly the album art of twenty years was realized in the flesh--or rather the bones--as six shining skeletons on the stage, with rose petals cascading down upon them from the ceiling, liberated themselves from the bonds of humanity and carried the evening to a crescendo. I had never even heard the song before: the only Dead albums I had were their first one and In the Dark, and I had no bootlegs. I was 18. I sang along with Black Muddy River and cheered them off stage like I'd never cheered before.
Subject: Maybe my favorite of the four
The scene: my second west coast show (see the night before for my review of my first). I went to this show with my sister Petrina, with whom I went to quite a few shows over the years. She is a few years older, but we both got into the band around the same time - although if memory serves correct, I think she went to her first show one year earlier than me, in '84. For much of my Dead touring years, she lived in SF and I was in Rochester, NY, so the only time we'd see each other was at shows. Meet up for Alpine, Greek, NYE, etc. Nice bonus to the "family reunion" concept of Dead shows. On this night, we started out sitting in a decent section on the Jerry/Brent side, but by the time Stranger was half over, I'd convinced her to join me in the hallway. :-) I was dancing with my friend Cid this night, which I didn't always do at shows (in fact, after my first few shows, that rarely happened). I only note that b/c it may have influenced the fact that this was probably my favorite show of this run in terms of me just having a fun night.
The music: Set I: there is no better way to start a show than Stranger, in my book. Ok, LTGTR>Help>Slip>Frank beats it, but regardless I really always love a Stranger opener, especially when followed by a proper can't-take-the-smile-off-my-face Franklin's. The jam in this Stranger isn't anything to write home about, but it's fine. Some very nice instrumental interchanges between Brent and Jerry on Franklin's, which ignites the crowd and seems to enliven Jerry as well. Jerry cranks the distortion pedal for Minglewood, which rips pretty nicely. Tame Row Jimmy - they started to explore this song a bit more in 88 and 89, but not here. Far From Me is standard, although I always appreciate a Brent tune. Brent does the nice slide guitar sound for Masterpiece, which he stopped doing in 88 (i think?), and Jerry then gets out his slide as well, which makes for a cuople of nice little trade off licks between the two of them. Jerry also throws in nice harmonies. A late set Sugaree is decent, with Jerry doing nice guitar work. I remember thinking at the time that since they did Sugaree near the end, they should end the set with Hell (inverting the somewhat typical Hell>Sugaree set opener), and sure enough... it's a decent version with enough energy to justify its place at the end of the set.
Set II: solid, well-played and energetic China>Rider. Cumberland - interesting placement and it is played with second set energy, but I've never been a huge fan of this one. But this version is good, as far as Cumberland goes. Brent's keyboard solo is really nicely on Women R. A little early for drums in my opinion, but it's a pretty good one, followed by what I think it is a very good space. Usually I don't pay a whole lot of attention to space unless something stands out, but this one has some cool cascading sound effects that are decent. Nice Truckin>Smokestack with Bobby putting some real energy into it. Black Peter is solid, and Sugar Mag is well played as well. Black Muddy is something that I never particularly liked back in the day, but actually the song has grown on me.
Subject: WE WANT PHIL
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